copybook copybook

Definition(s):

  • (n) a book containing models of good penmanship; used in teaching penmanship

Usage(s):

  1. After 1,000 nearly flawless days as prime minister, Lionel Jospin blotted his copybook.
  2. After some murky psychologizing about the schizophrenic difficulties of living and working together, the pair split and, copybook fashion, kiss and make up.
  3. Until recently the Americanization of Wolf Ladejinsky was a copybook success story.

Quotes

  1. "He is improving with every match, though he is not technically sound behind the wicket. He doesn't have the copybook basics of a wicketkeeper," Kirmani said on the sidelines of the screening of Hum Sab Ek Hain, a documentary on cricket in India...
    on Feb 14, 2009 By: Syed Kirmani Source: Cricketnext.com

  2. "I believe that bringing about the fall of Saddam Hussein was correct," Mr Fischer said today. "The invasion was copybook, until the statue fell, and the Americans have done almost everything wrong ever since."
    on Dec 26, 2006 By: Tim Fischer Source: The Australian

  3. "Baulderstone Hornibrook has a blotted copybook in relation to major Sydney construction projects, but NSW Labor has judged that significant public funds will go its way," Ms Rhiannon said. "There are compensation claims against the...
    on Nov 28, 2007 By: Lee Rhiannon Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

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